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Financial Aid


Financial aid can help narrow the gap between your resources and the cost of college. Accessing financial aid often requires applications submitted by a deadline. Student and families are encouraged to participate in workshops and presentations offered at Bassett High School. The following types of financial aid are available from the federal government, states, colleges and private sources.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a free application from federal and state government governments. The FAFSA is due March 2 of every year. 


There are 3 main types of federal financial aid
Financial aid that does not have to be repaid 
a work program through which you earn money to help you pay for school
Borrowed money for college or career school; you must repay your loans, with interest

What deadlines should I mark on my calendar?

March 2
The most important deadline for Cal Grants is March 2. Be sure you submit your FAFSA and your verified Cal Grant GPA by the March 2 Cal Grant application deadline.

September 2
If you’ll be attending a California Community College in the fall and missed the March 2 deadline, you have a second deadline of September 2. There are only a limited number of awards available for those who apply in the fall, so try to meet the March 2 deadline.

Keep in mind that your college may have earlier deadlines for its financial aid programs, so be sure to check with each college you’re considering. Also, deadlines for private scholarships may be earlier in the year.



AB540 is a California law that allows students, including undocumented students, who have attended a high school in California for at least 3 years and graduated or attained the equivalent of a high school diploma, to pay in-state tuition to attend California public colleges or universities.
(MCS)- provides undergraduate students with family incomes and assets up to $171,000 a scholarship to attend UC or CSU campues.
Is only available specifically for students at California community colleges. The CPG will waive your per-unit enrollment fee at any community college throughout the state. 

Scholarships are gifts. They do not need to be repaid. There are thousands of them, offered by schools, employers, individuals, private companies, nonprofits, communities, religious groups, and professional and social organizations.